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Carlos Beltran launched his 20th home run of the season Tuesday in the Cardinals' win over the Dodgers.

Beltran singled off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning and then launched a solo shot to right field off Brandon League in the eighth. The 36-year-old has hit 20 or more homers in 12 of his 16 major league seasons. He is on pace for 29 dingers and 87 RBI this year.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:34:00 PM

Padres decline RHP Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson, of course, missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and could get a late start to next season. However, he and the Padres are both interested in working out a smaller, likely incentive-laden deal. The right-hander has ample upside when healthy, which isn't terribly often.
Oct 30 - 7:57 PM

Orioles declined OF Nick Markakis' $17.5 million option for 2015.

It was an expected move. The Orioles are working to re-sign Markakis to a long-term deal, though Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported earlier this month that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks. Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 with 14 homers and 50 RBI for the O's this season.
Oct 30 - 6:14 PM

Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season.
Oct 30 - 6:09 PM

Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option for 2015.

The option already vested after Haren crossed the 180-inning threshold in late-September, but he still had to make a decision about whether to exercise it or test free agency. The veteran right-hander ultimately decided to stick around for another year. Haren had arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder earlier this month, but he should be fully-healed by spring training.
Oct 30 - 5:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs could announce Joe Maddon as their new manager by Friday.

Multiple reports indicated Wednesday that the two sides reached an agreement, but Maddon's agent downplayed the situation. Still, Rosenthal hears that all systems remain a "go" for a deal. It's likely a matter of timing, as the Cubs didn't want to upstage the World Series or increase the risk of a tampering accusation from the Rays, given that Maddon just opted out of his contract last Friday.
Oct 30 - 5:36 PM

Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year, $18 million contract.

The Red Sox weren't expected to make Uehara a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, but they didn't want him to hit the open market either. It's a fair compromise under the circumstances. Uehara faded down the stretch this season, but still ended up with 26 saves to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. He'll turn 40 next April.
Oct 30 - 5:02 PM

Brewers exercised RHP Yovani Gallardo's $13 million club option for 2015.

An expected move. While his strikeout rate continues to decline, Gallardo posted a career-low 3.51 ERA across 32 starts this season. He has made at least 30 starts in six straight seasons.
Oct 30 - 4:44 PM

Mariners exercised RHP Hisashi Iwakuma's $7 million club option for 2015.

Previous reports indicated the option vested based on performance bonuses, but it's an easy call either way. Iwakuma posted a quality 3.52 ERA and 154/21 K/BB ratio over 179 innings this past season. He remains part of a potent one-two punch in Seattle with King Felix.
Oct 30 - 4:10 PM

Angels exercised RHP Huston Street's $7 million club option for 2015.

An expected move. Street notched 41 saves to go along with a 1.37 ERA and 57/14 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season between the Padres and Angels. He's a bargain for 2015.
Oct 30 - 4:03 PM

Nationals declined RHP Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

An easy decision for the Nats after Soriano lost his ninth-inning job in the second half of the 2014 season. The right-hander did not have a buyout on the option and will be an interesting free agent case this winter. He turns 35 years old in December.
Oct 30 - 3:58 PM

Nationals declined 1B Adam LaRoche's $15 million option for 2015.

It was a mutual option, and the Nats declined on their end. LaRoche seems likely to move on in free agency with Ryan Zimmerman shifting to first base in Washington. LaRoche, 34, batted .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games this past season. He will get a $2 million buyout from the Nats.
Oct 30 - 3:56 PM




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